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PCC names new Desert Vista campus president

Pima Community College has named a new president for its campus on the Southwest Side. Morgan A. Phillips, an administrator at a North Carolina community college, will take over PCC’s Desert Vista campus in August. The post was vacant because the previous campus chief resigned over sexual harassment allegations.... Read more»

ADEQ: Private-sector practices boost efficiency

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has cut the time to process a permit by 60 percent, doubled the number of tank cleanings and made other gains by embracing private-sector policies where possible, Director Henry Darwin testified before a House committee.... Read more»

Tribal, Glendale officials in casino fight testify to Senate panel

Tohono O’odham leaders “looked us in the face and lied” about plans for a Glendale casino, and Congress needs to step in and stop it, opponents told a Senate panel. But casino backers called such legislation “mean-spirited,” noting that their plan has survived challenges at every turn.... Read more»

Honduran special forces struggling to keep children from fleeing to U.S.

Clad in flak jackets and bearing automatic rifles and side arms, elite forces are scouring the ragged countryside that straddles this border between Honduras and Guatemala. The officers are used to fighting heavily armed drug cartels and murderous “mara” street gangs. But now they have a new mission: trying to stop the flow of children who are fleeing to the U.S. by the thousands.... Read more»1

No kids picked up in Texas remain in Nogales shelter

The number of undocumented children sheltered at the Nogales Border Patrol station has dwindled to a handful, owing to a dramatic decrease in apprehensions and a new facility in Texas. “Just a few” picked up in Arizona remain, and there are none who crossed in Texas still at the center.... Read more»

MALDEF challenges Texas town's ban on housing border kids

Civil rights groups filed a federal complaint Tuesday challenging a Texas city’s ban on providing housing to “refugees” or foreigners such as the Central American children who’ve been turning themselves in at the border. League City’s ordinance cites concerns of diseases, Islamic terrorism.... Read more»1

Brief consumer guide to health law court decisions

Tuesday’s conflicting rulings could affect health care subsidies for millions of Americans.... Read more»

Analysis

Perry's border plan — and a political one

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said a plan to send National Guard troops to the state’s border with Mexico was necessary because the federal government isn’t doing enough there. The move could also address a political weak spot he discovered in his 2012 presidential run.... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Kwasman sees children

Adam Kwasman, Republican primary candidate for Congress, showed up in Oracle last week. Hearing that there was a bus full of undocumented children POSSIBLY headed his way, he decided he would protest that bus.... Read more»

Report: Driving drops in Az as more ride public transportation

Public transit use rose across Arizona as the number of miles driven dwindled, according to a new report that called for shifting funds from “unnecessary” highway projects to mass transit. The report said bus and rail ridership grew across the state from 2005 to 2010, largely driven by increases in Phoenix and Tucson, while the number of miles driven has fallen.... Read more»

Homeland Security: Fewer Central American kids crossing border

Homeland Security officials said Tuesday that they have cut the time it takes to deport Central American adults and seen a sharp drop in the number of children trying to cross the border. Secretary Johnson said officials had reduced the time it takes to repatriate adults to Central America, from about 33 days to about four days now.... Read more»

From the editor

Calling candidate commentaries: Pols' op-eds wanted

Local political candidates are welcome to submit guest opinion pieces for publication. Here’s what we’re looking for, and what we’re not.... Read more»1

Analysis

Obamacare-driven competition lowering rates in some states

Participants in the health care marketplace would be wise to shop around.... Read more»2

Appeals courts offer conflicting rulings on federal health subsidies

A three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit threw the fate of an important part of the Affordable Care Act into doubt Tuesday. Meanwhile, just an hour later, a panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals came to the opposite conclusion – upholding the federal subsidies.... Read more»

County health chief: Migrant kids face greater health risk than public

The unaccompanied minors staying in Tucson continue to pose a “very low health risk to county residents,” according to an assessment released out by the Pima County Health Department. Rather, the health of the children at the end of a long and perilous journey is a concern, said health chief Dr. Francisco Garcia.... Read more»

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